The CenterPutt HC5 impact putter works as a warm-up golf club for practice sessions. The skills built and reinforced by using the HC5 impact putter as your warm-up golf club will transfer over to your normal putter when it comes time for your next round.
With a putter head milled in the USA, True Temper Shafts and Winn Grips, the CenterPutt HC5 impact putter is a premium warm-up golf club built with professional level components.
HOW TO PRACTICE WITH THE CENTERPUTT IMPACT PUTTER
- Begin putting on a flat putting surface no further than 2 feet from the hole. After you can consistently make 9 of 12 putts, move out another 6 or 12 inches. Continue moving further from the hole in either 6 or 12 inch increments until you feel confident making 9 of 12 putts from each distance.
- When you can make 9 of 12 putts from 4 feet, you're on your way to lower scores! This will take practice. Only tour-level professionals and exceptional putters will practice beyond 4 feet.
- Repeat! Practice sessions should include 12 putts from 4 feet with this warm-up golf club, then 12 putts with your own putter.
PRE-ROUND WARM UP
The CenterPutt HC5 impact putter is a great warm-up golf club for gaining pre-round putting tempo and confidence from short distances. Practice from 2-3 feet ensuring you make every putt. Go to the first tee knowing you have a solid stroke.
Why is the sweet spot on a putter so important?
To a novice golfer, a putter head is a putter head. It doesn’t have distinct sections, and the concept of a sweet spot isn’t really emphasized.
Sure, most golfers—even new ones—can logically infer that they should probably make an effort to hit the ball with the center of the club, but that’s about as far as the knowledge goes.
What most golfers don’t know, is that hitting the ball even a fraction of an inch away from the sweet spot can drastically affect the trajectory, accuracy and power of a putt.
If you want to get scientific with it, hitting the ball with any area of the putter other than the sweet spot will have adverse effects on distance control, since the bad contact "reduces the efficiency of energy transfer from the club head to the ball."
So while you would think perfect speed and tempo would all but guarantee perfect distance, but that’s far from being the case. The contact point with the ball matters just as much.
What happens if you ignore the sweet spot for too long?
There’s a danger to ignoring the sweet spot for too long as a golfer. Golfers who consistently miss the sweet spot and don’t know it may end up overcompensating with other elements of their game, like modifying their speed, tempo, or the way they read the green.
These are all bad habits, since they weren’t the issue in the first place. They will also make you a terribly inconsistent golfer, since constantly hitting the ball with different parts of the putter face will make each of your putts different from the last.
The only way to have good distance control is to consistently find the sweet spot. Otherwise, energy transfer to the ball will never be the same from stroke to stroke.
The importance of tactile feedback
When you hit the ball with the wrong part of the putter face, the face will twist on impact. This will also modify the spin axis of the ball, causing your putt to be less accurate.
When you tee off and miss the sweet spot on your driver, the spin axis is also modified—but it tends to be quite a bit more subtle since the ball is in the air and traveling a much longer distance.
With a putt, you can’t afford to be off—even by a little.
In the introduction, we touched on the concept of knowing a putt was going to be inaccurate as soon as you hit the ball. That happens because even the most subtle twist of your club after an errant impact with the ball gives you enough feedback to know something is off.
This feedback is essential, because it helps golfers improve the consistency with which the hit the sweet spot.
A sweet spot isn’t only horizontal, it’s also vertical!
For golfers who do know about the sweet spot on the putter and take it seriously, focus tends to immediately go to hitting the ball with the horizontal center of the club with consistency.
But that’s only part of the answer.
The center of the sweet spot also needs to line up with the center (or equator) of the ball.
It tends to feel more natural for a putter to almost skim the ground as it travels toward to ball. But this can cause the putter to get too far under the ball, which will result in poor energy transfer.
Instead, it’s important for golfers to realize that the center of the sweet spot should be hitting the center of the ball both horizontally and vertically.
This can be quite difficult to do with consistency if you have a normal putter, rather than an impact putter.
Serious golfers need more than a quick fix during putting practice
While larger putters armed with a more forgiving sweet spot do exist, they don’t do the trick for more experienced golfers.
A serious golfer isn’t satisfied with a band aid for his putting woes—he wants to know exactly what’s wrong so he can fix it as quickly and effectively as possible.
According to Golf Digest,
“A large sweet spot will improve the quality of your misses, but no matter how large the sweet spot is, a miss is still a miss. Any time you miss the exact center of the clubface, you're going to lose something. That's why there's a trend among the best putters away from the large, forgiving putters. When a great pro like Phil Mickelson misses from 10 feet, he wants to know immediately if it was his stroke, a misread or if he missed the center of the clubface.”
So if large club faces and gimmicky putting aids aren’t the solution, how can I get better at putting?
That’s a great question—and we just so happen to have an answer.
CenterPutt HC5 Impact Putter: The Ultimate Putting Solution
There’s no debate that consistently striking the sweet spot will make you a better putter—and as we’ve found, regular putters don’t offer enough guidance or feedback to improve our muscle memory and let us know when and why a putt has gone awry.
That’s why we created the CenterPutt HC5 warm-up golf club, the only impact putter equipped with a putter head that accentuates the sweet spot, helping golfers improve their muscle memory, accuracy and distance control.
The CenterPutt HC5 impact putter provides immediate and tactile feedback when you miss the sweet spot, leading to more consistency down the road. And more consistency means more efficient energy transfer, leading to better accuracy.
It’s time to get rid of those yips and stop missing manageable putts.
Use the CenterPutt HC5 to train your muscle memory and you’ll be hitting the sweet spot every single time.